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Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —

Future Business Centre— Cambridge

Client(s)

Allia / Interserve

Collaborator(s)

Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects / Bidwells / MLM / Davis Langdon Aecom

The Future Business Centre is located on the urban fringe of Cambridge. The centre is intended to nurture businesses that are good for society and the environment and was designed for the social enterprise charity Allia.

5th Studio were the masterplanners for the wider setting, which includes a construction training and skills centre for Cambridge Regional College. The Future Business Centre supports ‘impact entrepreneurs’ – charities learning to trade, social enterprises wanting to grow and companies developing products that result in social or environmental benefits. The project had a £7m budget and achieved BREEAM Excellent standard.

5th Studio developed a strong vision for the building, guided the project through planning and developed proposals for the building to RIBA Stage E, Employers Requirements, following which the project was delivered by the design and build contractor’s executive architect. The details and execution are clunkier than we would have hoped, but it is an amazingly successful workspace with a thriving ecosystem – as a tenant told us: “The interactions between tenants – both planned and spontaneous – plus the incubator for startups are really what this building is about”.

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View from the landscaped space at the heart of the ‘Hive’
A series of images exploring the internal environments of the Future Business Centre: Creating economical and adaptable space for start-up companies
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A rich frontage could start to engage with the urban fringe
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Spaces for intellectual exchange – a conference room opening on to the shared atrium

LONDON Unit 14 21 Wren Street London WC1X 0HF t +44 (0)20 7837 7221 View on Google Maps

CAMBRIDGE Darkroom Gwydir Street Cambridge CB1 2LJ t +44 (0)1223 516009 View on Google Maps

OXFORD 2 King Edward Street Oxford OX1 4HS t +44 (0)1865 684004 View on Google Maps

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We are keen to receive CVs and short portfolios from Part 1 and Part 2 designers. Please contact us via recruitment@5thstudio.co.uk

We actively encourage qualified applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.